Research Projects

Li, Jing

Project Description

Our research interests and activities are primarily in the development of solid-state inorganic and inorganic-organic hybrid materials that are both fundamentally and practically important. Our current work focuses mainly on the design, synthesis, characterization, functionalization, and optimization of two material families, namely metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and inorganic-organic hybrid semiconductor materials. These materials are potentially useful for applications related to clean and renewable energies and environmental remediation, including but not limited to photovoltaics, solid-state lighting, gas storage, capture and separation and chemical sensing and imaging. Undergraduate students will participate in various aspects of the synthesis, structure characterization and property studies of these materials.


GPA: > 3.5

Course Experience: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry

Current Undergraduate Researchers

  • Evan Lenkeit
  • Tithi Thakkar

Publications with Undergraduate Co-authors:
(2002-2020, Undergraduate co-authors are underlined)

  1.  Feyerherm, R.; Loose, A.; Lawandy, M. A.; Li, J. “Structural and Magnetic Ordering in the Two-dimensional Coordination Polymer Co(ox)(bpy-d8), ox = C2O42-, bpy-d8 = 4,4’-bipyridine-d8”, J. Phys. & Chem. of Solids, 2002, 63, 71.
  2. Pan, L.; Kelly, S. P.; Huang, X. -Y.; Li, J. “Iron(II) meso-tetra(4-pyridyl)porphyrin: An Unprecedented Multifunctional Porphyrin Network with A Unique 2D Structure and Unusually High Thermal Stability”, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Comm., 2002, 2334.
  3. Feyerherm, R.; Loose, A.; Lawandy, M. A.; Li, J. “Crystal and magnetic structure of the two-dimensional coordination polymers CoCl2(bpy-d8) and NiCl2(bpy-d8) (bpy-d8 = 4,4’-bipyridine-d8)”, Appl. Phys. A, 2002, 74, S778.
  4. Pan, L., Liu, H.-M.; Kelly, S. P.; Huang, X.-Y.; Olson, D. H.; Li, J. “ℝPM-2: A Recyclable Porous Material with Unusual Adsorption Capability: Self Assembly via Structural Transformations”, J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Comm., 2003, 854.
  5. Chen, X. -A.; Dilks, K. J.; Huang, X. -Y.; Li, J. “APdCu(Se2)(Se3) (A = K, Rb): Novel Quaternary Copper Palladium Polyselenides with Unusual Metal-Selenium Coordination”, Inorg. Chem., 2003, 42, 3723.
  6. Pan, L.; Sander, M. B.; Huang, X.-Y.; Li, J.; Smith, M.; Bittner, E.; Bockrath, B.; Johnson, J. K. “Microporous Metal Organic Materials: Promising Candidates as Sorbents for Hydrogen Storage”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 1308.
  7. Wu, M.; Su, W.-P.; Jasutkar, N.; Huang, X.-Y.; Li, J. “An Open-framework Bimetallic Chalcogenide Structure K3Rb3Zn4Sn3Se13 Built on a Unique [Zn4Sn3Se16]12- Cluster: Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Ion Exchange and Optical Properties”, Mater. Res. Bull. 2005, 40, 21.
  8. Lee, J. -Y.; Pan, L.; Kelly, S. K.; Jagiello, J.; Emge, T. J.; Li, J. “Achieving High Density of Adsorbed Hydrogen in Microporous Metal Organic Frameworks”, Adv. Mater. 2005, 17, 2703.
  9. Pan, L.; Ching, N.; Hunag, X. -Y.; Lee, J. Y.; Li, J.; Yuen, T.; Lin, C. L.; Zan, J. “The Effect of Terminal Ligands on the Dimensionality and Topology of Metal Dicarboxylate Coordination Structures”, ”, in Solid State Chemistry of Inorganic Materials V, Eds. Li, J.; Brese, N. E.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Jansen, M., ISBN: 1-55899-796-2, Vol. 848, 2005, FF3.16.
  10. Pan, L.; Olson, D. H.; Ciemnolonski, L. R.; Heddy, R.; Li, J. “Separation of Hydrocarbons with a Microporous Metal-Organic Framework”, Angew. Chem., 2006, 45, 616.
  11. Pan, L.; Parker, B.; Huang, X. Y.; Olson, D. H.; Lee, J. -Y.; Li, J. “A Guest-Free MMOF with Unique Gas Separation and Storage Capability”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 4180.
  12. Smith, M.; Culp, J.; Bittner, E.; Parker, B.; Li, J.; Bockrath, B. “Kinetics of Desorption of Hexane from the Microporous Metal Organic Framework RPM1”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2007, 106, 115.
  13. Li, J.; Bi, W.-H.; Ki, W.; Huang, X.-Y.; Reddy, S. “Nanostructured Crystals: Unique Hybrid Semiconductors Exhibiting Nearly Zero and Tunable Uniaxial Thermal Expansion Behavior”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 14140.
  14. Pan, L.; Heddy, R.; Li, J.; Zheng, C.; Huang, X.-Y.; Tang, X.Z.; Kilpatrick, L. “Synthesis and Structural Determination of a Hexanuclear Zirconium Glycine Compound Formed in Aqueous Solution”, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 5537.
  15. Li, K. H.; Lee, J. Y.; Olson, D. H.; Bi, W. H.; Eibling, M. J.; Emge, T. J.; Li, J. “Unique Gas and Hydrocarbon Adsorption in A Highly Porous Metal-Organic Framework Made of Extended Aliphatic Ligands”, Chem. Comm. 2008, 6123.
  16. Li, K. H.; Olson, D. H.; Seidel, J.; Emge, T. J.; Gong, H. W.; Zeng, H. P.; Li, J. “Zeolitic Imadazolate frameworks Capable of Kinetic Separation of Propane and Propene”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 10368.
  17. Pappas, I.; Fitzgerald, M.; Huang, X.-Y.; Heddy, R.; Li, J.; Pan, L. ”Thermally Resolved in situ Dynamic Light Scattering Studies of Zirconium(IV) Cluster Formation”, Crystal Growth & Design, 2009, 9, 5213-5219.
  18. Olson, D. H.; Lan, A. J.; Seidel, J.; Li, K. H.; Li, J. “Metal Organic Frameworks Showing Hydrocarbon Adsorption Properties Commensurate With Their Pore Structure”, Adsorption, 2010, 16, 559-565.
  19. Wu, M.; Rhee, J.; Yao, H. B.; Emge, T. J.; Cheng, J. -H.; Thiagarajan, S.; Croft, M.; Yang, R. G.; Li, J. “A Low band Gap iron Sulfide Hybrid Semiconductor with Unique 2D [Fe16S20]8- Layer and Reduced Thermal Conductivity”, Chem. Comm., 2010, 46, 1649-1651.
  20. Pramanik, S.; Hu, Z.C.; Zhang, X.; Zheng, C.; Kelly, S.; Li, J. “A Systematic Study of Fluorescence-Based Detection of Nitroexplosives and Other Aromatics in Vapor-Phase by Microporous Metal Organic Frameworks”, Chem. Euro. J., 2013, 19, 15964-15971.
  21. Zhang, X.; Liu, W.; Wei, G.Z.; Banajee, D.; Hu, Z.C.; Li, J. “A Systematic Approach in Designing Rare-Earth-Free Hybrid Semiconductor Phosphors for General Lighting Applications”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 14230-14236.
  22. Liu, W.; Yang, F.; Wei, G.Z.; Teat, S.J.; Xiong, K.C.; Hu, Z.C.; Lustig, W.P.; Li, J. “A family of highly efficient CuI-based lighting phosphors prepared by a systematic, bottom-up synthetic approach”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 9400-9408.
  23. Wang, H.; Wang, Q.N.; Teat, S.J.; Olson, D.H.; Li, J. “Synthesis, Structure, and Selective Gas Adsorption of a Single-Crystalline Zirconium Based Microporous Metal-Organic Framework”, Cryst. Growth & Des., 2017, 17, 2034-2040.
  24. Wang, H.; Dong, X.L.; Lin, J.Z.; Teat, S.J.; Jensen, S.; Cure, J.; Alexandrov, E.V.; Xia, Q.B.; Wang, Q.N.; Olson, D.H.; Proserpio, D.M.; Chabal, Y.J.; Thonhauser, T.; Sun, J.L.; Han, Y.; Li, J. “Topologically Guided Tuning of Zr-MOF Pore Structures for Highly Selective Separation of C6 Alkane Isomers”, Nat. Commun., 2018, 9:1745.
  25. Wang, H., Dong, X.L.; Colombo, V.; Wang, Q.N.; Liu, Y.Y.; Liu, W.; Wang, X.L.; Huang, X.Y.; Proserpio, D.M.; Sironi, S.; Han, Y.; Li, J. “Tailor-Made Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Full Separation of Propane from Propylene through Selective Size Exclusion”, Adv. Mater., 2018, 30, 201805088.


Undergraduate Vice Chair
Ralf Warmuth

Undergraduate Coordinator
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